White Peak

White Peak

Ride the best off-road trails of the White Peak on this circular self-guided mountain bike holiday, covering 84 miles from Bakewell.

3 to 4 nights
53-76 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding

From £390 per person

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About the trail

Riddled with byways and bridleways, the White Peak is a brilliant place to explore off-road. On the White Peak mountain biking route, you’ll cover a satisfying mix of dirt, grass and grit, with pacey descents and long trails beckoning you out across remote moors. Dip into the built trails at Lady Canning’s Plantation and take on root-riddled trails around Eyam, with plenty of places to stop and bask in the views and the sunlight in spots no vehicle could reach. Charting a looping path out of Bakewell, this is the ideal holiday for anyone eager to explore beyond tarmac roads.

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  • White Peak
  • White Peak Short Break

About this route

3 nights
53 miles
Moderate / Demanding
19th March to 31st October

From £390 per person

White Peak Short Break

Condense your tour of the White Peak to a long weekend on this 53-mile loop through the Peak District National Park, beginning and ending in Hathersage.

The White Peak Short Break mountain biking route sticks to the best trails of the full route, charging down the descents of Bradwell Edge, Eyam, Longstone Moor, Blacka Moor and around Bakewell. You’ll enjoy fantastic singletrack and bridleways across the rolling moors and through woodlands, with glorious views from the numerous edges of the limestone plateau.

The villages here boast loads of cycle-friendly pubs and cafés you can drop into for lunch and dinner, but the route largely steers clear of tarmac roads and sticks instead to the grit, stone, grass and earth of the area’s abundant byways and bridleways.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
C-WP-MBSB A circular trail beginning at Hathersage 3 nights, 2 days riding Moderate / Demanding £390

Short breaks

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
C-WP-MBSB A circular trail beginning at Hathersage 3 nights, 2 days riding Moderate / Demanding £390

White Peak MTB Short Break 3 nights, 2 days riding

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Elevation & terrain
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Travel to Hathersage where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Hathersage to Bakewell. 25.5 miles (41km) / 3445 ft (1050 m) ascent

Day 2

Bakewell to Hathersage. 28 miles (45km) / 3412 ft (1040 m) ascent


Depart from Hathersage after breakfast

Your Itinerary

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than 2.5 miles from the trail to your accommodation.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

Solo Traveller Supplement
£65.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
© Contours Walking Holidays White Peak Short Break map
53 miles (85 km)
19th March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Riding the brilliant trails of the White Peak, with great views over the hills in all directions.

Racing down the fast-paced descents around Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House, as well as those at Longstone Moor, Eyam Edge and into Monsal Dale.

Sampling great fare from the many excellent cafés on the route, with a visit to Bakewell to taste a proper Bakewell pudding.

What's included?

  • 3 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Book an extra night into your holiday and see the sights, explore the local trails or take the time to rest and relax in picturesque surroundings.

Wondering where to book that extra night?

Choose an extra night at the beginning or end of your holiday in Hathersage, offering great access to the Longshaw Estate and local walks such as the scenic ramble up to Motherscap.

Famous for its delicious Bakewell Pudding, the market town of Bakewell is a good choice for an extra night if you’re interested in visiting historic houses — Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House are well within reach by public transport.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 53 miles (85 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days riding
Minimum daily distance: 25.5 miles (41 km)
Maximum daily distance: 28 miles (45 km)
Code: C-WP-MBSB Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 19th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Hathersage
End of holiday: Hathersage

Elevation & Terrain

Route profile

White Peak MTB Short Break Route Profile


  • Grit and dirt tracks.
  • Grassy bridleway.
  • Quiet lanes.

The White Peak MTB Short Break sticks to off-road trails wherever possible, with some tarmac sections to link trails and provide access to accommodation. The off-road is largely hard-packed, sometimes rutted earth, with a few grit sections and narrow bridleways over grassy fields. There are a few more technical sections over tangled roots and bared rock, and any well-maintained hardtail or full-suspension mountain bike will be suitable for this route.

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air – The most convenient major cities and international airports are East Mildands, Manchester, and Leeds Bradford.

By Rail – There is a train station at Hathersage.

From London – Trains run from London St Pancras station to Hathersage.

Return to the Start – This is a circular route starting and ending in Hathersage.

Please note:

Most train lines will allow for bikes to be taken on board. We advise that you check on https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/cyclists.aspx as you may need to book a space for your bike or there may be a limit as to how many bikes the train can store.

Most buses in the UK are unable to store bikes on board, so we would recommend avoiding this form of transport.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.